Council, being especially mindful of the proud history of this community, and of the importance of a measure of beauty in the everyday lives of our citizens, hereby declares  as a matter of public policy that the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and overall aesthetic improvement of certain areas, structures, objects and works of art within our community are matters of public interest. The purpose of this chapter is to:
   (a)    Maintain and enhance the distinctive character of the Historic Preservation District by safeguarding the architectural integrity of the various period structures within it which creates a rare panorama of Americana, and to prevent intrusions and alterations within the District that would be incompatible within this established character;
   (b)    Maintain and enhance the distinctive character of certain listed properties in the City by safeguarding the architectural integrity of the various period structures upon those listed properties;
   (c)    Provide for the establishment of procedures whereby certain areas, structures, objects, and works of art of historic, architectural, or cultural importance to the community shall be safeguarded and allowed that measure of protection afforded by a thorough study of alternatives to incompatible alterations or demolition before such arts are performed;
   (d)    Contribute to the economic, recreational, cultural and educational development of the City by:
      (1)    Stimulating business and attracting industry;
      (2)    Protecting and enhancing attractions to residents, tourists, and visitors;
      (3)    Stabilizing and improving property values;
      (4)    Improving the quality of life by enhancing the visual and aesthetic character, diversity and interest of the City;
      (5)    Fostering civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past;
      (6)    Promoting the use and preservation of historic locations, architecturally significant structures, and other notable objects and sites for the education, enrichment and general welfare of the people of the City and the State.
(Ord. 22-79.  Passed 10-15-79.)